1. It's Time to Legalize Prostitution!

    TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SONIA BAKARIC AND KAOUTHER LARBI  
A Tunisian prostitute works in a brothel in the district of "Abdallah Guech" in Tunis on February 19, 2011. On February 18, dozens of Islamists attempted to set fire to the area following an after-prayers rally outside the interior ministry, demanding an end to Tunisia's brothels. The street near the Medina contains one of Tunis's main brothels, well known to foreigners as well as locals. Since these attacks, prostitutes now live in fear for their safety. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Every few years, some pundit or politician rekindles the debate over legalizing prostitution, but now author Ronald Weitzer has offered one of the most persuasive arguments against criminalization. Summarized in a Salon interview, Weitzer’s book Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business argues that current laws simply force the sex economy underground—placing hookers in greater danger. And he doesn’t buy the argument that prostitution should remain illegal because it results in violence. “We know that domestic violence happens between husbands and wives, but nobody’s arguing to criminalize marriage.”

    Read it at Salon